Kirwan Institute offers housing recommendations

Galveston Daily News – News story March 1, 2012

Featured experts: Jason Reece, Christy Rogers, Matthew Martin, Sarah Lawson, Jonathan Lee, and Avrita Singh

Almost four years after the destruction of Hurricane Ike, the shortage of affordable housing in Galveston remains a major challenge to recovery.

The city of Galveston has a great need to replace its demolished affordable housing stock. Galveston’s “base” of pre-hurricane affordable housing units is relatively small compared to other regions in the U.S., and post-hurricane displacement of low-income families and especially families of color has been extensive.

For example, the city of Galveston lost 16.5 percent of its population between 2000 and 2010. Population loss for whites during this time was 11.4 percent. Population loss for the African-American community during this time was three times greater, with the African-American population declining by 36.7 percent.

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